Future Barcelona visitor, what’s the fourth best thing you’ve ever done?
For Antoni Gaudi his fourth most-visited site in Barcelona is still a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With a 4.5 star rating over 13,000 reviews on Tripadvisor you should consider it an essential part of any well-planned Barcelona itinerary.
Today I’m going to show you how to skip the lines and maximize your visit.
1 – Casa Milà information
2 – What you’ll see
3 – Buying Casa Milà tickets in advance
4 – Prices
5 – Origins – the Casa Milà night tour
6 – Awakening – the Casa Milà morning tour
7 – Hours
8 – Location
9 – Casa Milà hacks
10 – FAQ
What is Casa Milà?
This unconventional, modernist apartment block designed by master architect Antoni Gaudi was commissioned by the opulent industrialist Pere Milà in 1906.
It’s commonly known as La Pedrera (‘stone quarry’) and the names are used interchangeably.
The building has a unique, completely self-supported limestone façade and is a constant curve owing to Gaudi’s refusal to use straight lines.
It’s actually two different curved buildings structured around two light-giving courtyards. If you look at it from aerial shots you’ll see that it’s an asymmetrical 8 shape.
Casa Milà is most famous for its rooftop terrace and its twisted, haunting chimneys called ‘The Garden of Warriors’ – you may have seen it in famous films like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Passenger.
What to See at Casa Milà
There’s nothing like it! The photo above doesn’t do it justice. My only advice is to get the cameras ready – it’s like stepping into an alternate reality.
The highlight is the wavy floors crawling up the walls giving way to 28 chimneys that look like carnival masks, Darth Vader, and the Grim Reaper all in one.
From here look down into the courtyard to see Gaudi’s constant curve vision – in some weird way the curves make the building look like wobbling jello.
The view of the city from the La Pedrera roof is spectacular.
Though built as two individual apartment blocks it’s at the courtyards that the buildings intersect, or almost blend into each other like two waves of water.
The interior is speckled with floral motif murals that are lit up perfectly by the day. You’ll spend a lot of time looking up at the forms and taking pictures – aside from the roof this is the most photographed place in the whole building.
The attic originally housed the building’s laundry room.
Tourists love it for the 270 parabolic arches that support the roof terrace above. They give it a slight claustrophobic and catacomb-like feel. One reader described it as a walk inside an undulating whale skeleton.
The area is now home to the Espai Gaudi – a museum to the great architect. Here you’ll find plastic models of his other famous works, art work, videos, and a great explanation/display of how Gaudi let nature influence his work.
The space is divided into seven different areas with one dedicated entirely to La Pedrera.
The fourth floor of the building is home to two different dwellings, one of which is an audiovisual presentation room covering time period between the Tragic Week (1909) and the World’s Fair (1929).
Then there’s famous La Pedrera apartment where Pere Milà lived with his family. The interior remains exactly the way it was the day he moved in – this is a great window into upper-class life in the early part of last century.
The bedrooms, living room, bathroom, kitchen, and even the children’s toys remain creepily in tact, frozen in time.
Where to Buy Casa Milà Tickets
Just like other essential Barcelona attractions there’s only one sensible way to get Casa Milà tickets: going through the Official Barcelona Tourism Website for fast lane access.
Here you skip the long lines.
Hourly visits are capped so showing up randomly means you’ll be forced into a time slot you (likely) hadn’t planned on visiting – booking La Pedrera tickets online gives you back the control.
Click the button below to be taken to the Official Barcelona Tourism Office.
All you have to do is print out the voucher that they email you or show your reservation number/QR code on a smartphone to skip the lines VIP-style.
Casa Milà Ticket Prices
All prices below include a full English audio guide free of charge with each ticket purchase.
- Adults: €22.00.
- Students: €16.50 (with relevant student ID).
- Disabled: €16.50 (visitors/companions enter free if 65%+ disability).
- Kids (7 to 12): €11.00.
- Kids under 7: free.
Insider tip: you can save 20% off the above prices using the Barcelona City Pass.
All children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
The Casa Milà Night Tour – The Origins
What was once a luxury for a chosen few has only recently become possible for the masses.
With a visit to Gaudi’s Pedrera: The Origins you’ll experience the unforgettable Casa Milà in a different light – quite literally.
The Casa Milà night tour includes:
- An amazing 20 minute audiovisual light display on the roof
- A full tour of the interior and roof in English with a charming and informative guide
- A presentation on the life of Gaudi
- Projections in the courtyard and stairwells
- A glass of top-quality cava (‘the Spanish champagne’)
The long list of advantages for touring La Pedrera at night are:
- Much smaller crowds (groups vary from 5-10 to around 20-30 depending on the day)
- An almost eerie, uncharacteristic nighttime silence
- Your very own tour guide (most are architects or Gaudi historians)
- The possibility of seeing live jazz music (seasonal)
- The amazing light/laser/music show
Tickets and Prices
The cost of Casa Milà night tour tickets are as follows:
- Adults: €34.00.
- Children (7-12): €17.00.
- Children (0-6): free.
Again, to ensure you get desired times and avoid lining up it’s recommended to book online in advance via the Official Barcelona Tourism website clicking the button below:
Casa Milà Night Tour Times
- June 17 to August 21: Mon-Thur and Sun at 10:00 pm and 10:40 pm and Fri-Sat at 20:40 pm
- August 22 to October 31: Mon-Sun at 8:40 pm and 10:00 pm
Casa Milà Morning Tour – The Awakening
If you’re a morning person who’s not a fan of crowds this one is for you.
From June 1 to September 30 2017 you’ll be able to visit La Pedrera before it opens to the public. This super-intimate 90 minute tour in English takes you to the courtyard, the attic, the apartment, and the roof terrace.
The Awakening also includes access to restricted areas which aren’t included in the regular visit.
With a tour group maximum of 15 people this is the only way you’ll get people-free photos of the building.
All tours include a coffee or drink from Casa Milà’s bar.
English tours run Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 am.
A quick list of advantages for this exclusive morning tour:
- The guides provide a ton of information you won’t get anywhere else
- You’ll have the place almost to yourself
- You can stay as long as you want after the tour
- Photographers get some of the best light of the day
Tickets and Prices
The cost of Casa Milà morning tour tickets are as follows:
- Adults: €39.00.
- Children (7-12): €19.50.
- Children (0-6): free.
Tickets can be bought via the official Barcelona Turisme website using the button below (simply click the red purchase button and you’ll be taken to a page to select ‘The Awakening’
Casa Milà Hours 2017
Casa Milà opening hours vary but it’s open Monday to Sunday for your visiting convenience.
The closure of the upper floors begins 15 minutes before scheduled closure times.
- January 3 to March 2 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (last admission 6:00 pm)
- March 3 to November 1 from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm (last admission 8:00 pm)
- November 2 to December 24 from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (last admission 6:00 pm)
- December 26 to January 3 2018 from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm (last admission 8:00 pm)
- New Years Day from 11:00 AM to 8:30 am (last admission 8:00 pm)
Closed: Christmas and January 9-15 2017 (maintenance)
How to Get to Casa Milà Barcelona
Expect no more than about 15 minutes transport or 30 minutes walking from most central areas.
The closest metro stop to La Pedrera is Diagonal (green line L3 or blue line L5).
RENFE Spanish railway: Passeig de Gracia.
Buses: 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17.
Casa Milà Hacks
- Buy Casa Milà tickets online to avoid long lines at ticket windows.
- Leave around 1.5 hours for the tour of the interior + roof.
- Go between 9:00 am and 10:00 am and after 4:30 pm for the smallest crowds.
- Book your Casa Batllo tour for around the same time (they’re 5 minutes walking apart).
- There is hardly any written information so make good use of the audio guide (included).
- Wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of stairs.
- There is an elevator to the roof for those with mobility issues.
- If there’s no line for the elevator start by taking it to the top and working your way down.
- Visiting after 5:00 pm has better photography light and less crowds.
- You can get 10% off entrance with the Bus Touristic.
- Check the weather forecast before booking – the rooftop is closed when it rains.
Restaurants near Casa Milà
If you’re starving after all those stairs there are a couple great restaurants near La Pedrera.
For great Spanish food hit either Bodega Joan (Carrer Rosselló 164) or Can Punyetes (Carrer Francisco Giner 8-10). Both offer all the classic tapas dishes like tortilla de patatas, pan con tomate, paella, and more.
Those looking to spoil themselves should look at El Nacional – this high-end culinary space is home to 4 restaurants (meat, fish, tapas, and deli/pastry) and four bars (beer, wine, cocktail, oyster) each featuring different facets of the Iberian Peninsula.
Casa Milà FAQ
How do I skip the lines at entrance?
The only way to skip the lines at La Pedrera is to buy your tickets in advance online using the links above.
What happens if I don’t book online?
You’ll be forced to line up at ticket booths. These lines can push 60-90 minutes at peak times and 15-20 minutes off-peak.
If I have a Casa Milà discount code can I redeem it online?
No. Discount vouchers can only be redeemed at ticket windows.
How do I get Casa Milà discount codes online?
The only way to save on ticket prices is buying it in conjunction with another Barcelona discount pass. In this case I highly recommend the Online City Pass as it lets you save 20% on La Pedrera plus about 60 other top attractions.
All the booking is done online and you can skip lines.
Is the audio guide really free and does it include other languages?
Yes, there are no hidden costs here. The audio guide is also available in Spanish, Catalan, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
How do I book a group visit?
For groups of 10 or more you’ll need to book in advance via email at [email protected] or by calling 902 202 138 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday).
Can I get a student discount if I’m attending school outside of Spain?
Yes, all international student IDs are accepted. You must present the ID at ticket booths after having booked the ticket in advance online.
Are disabled visitors entitled to a discount and how can it be redeemed?
Yes. Visitors with a 33% disability can get discounted La Pedrera tickets for €16.50 while those with a 65%+ disability can enter free of charge.
You’ll be required to show relevant accreditation at ticket windows.
Can disabled visitors get the full experience?
Yes and no. The public parts of the house itself are fully adapted for disabled visitors though the roof terrace unfortunately is not due to the uneven terrain.
Disabled/limited mobility visitors can still enjoy the view from the roof though as there is a platform right outside the lift.
I booked but haven’t received my tickets, what now?
Make sure you check your email spam folder to ensure it hasn’t been marked as spam. If you still can find the confirmation then get in touch with Barcelona Turisme at [email protected].
What if I can’t print the tickets?
If you can’t print the tickets you can show the qr code using your smart phone.
Is there a time limit to my visit?
No. You’re free to stay all day if you like but the average tour should take about 90 minutes.
What is the refund/cancellation policy?
Unfortunately refunds or cancellations are not accepted in accordance with the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation.
Is there a dress code?
No, but use common sense and don’t come in shirtless/barefoot like you’ve just come in off the beach!
Can I smoke, eat, or bring animals?
No. Smoking, eating, and bringing animals are all forbidden at La Pedrera except in the case of guide dogs.
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